Suicide: Knowing the Signs and Getting Help
I am 28 years old and have been experiencing hair loss/thinning for
about 4 years now. It effects every aspect of my life, especially my
self-esteem. I have been, and still am, very depressed and anxious
to the point where I have considered suicide because I don't want
to deal with it anymore! I used to have very thick spiral curly hair but
now it is just limp and kinda wavy! Sometimes I just hate myself! I
am taking Zoloft for my depression but this all still really upsets me!
Entertaining thoughts of suicide is the most severe and obvious
sign of clinical depression. While almost everyone feels sad at
some point in her life, depression is more of a state than a mood.
Women who are depressed feel hopeless and helpless for
prolonged periods of time, and often lose their appetites and
ability to sleep - and they may also imagine what it would be like to
commit suicide. Unfortunately, about one in ten women in America
will suffer from severe depression during her lifetime.
Men are statistically more likely than women to actually commit
suicide, but overall, fewer men than women think about doing it in
the first place. More often, women consider killing themselves
without acting on those impulses. Of those women who do attempt
suicide, many pick methods that make it more likely that they will
survive, such as wrist lacerations or drug overdoses, while men
select more violent means, such as hanging or self-inflicted
Women who are depressed and are considering suicide have
several options for seeking help. Often, simple changes in lifestyle
can make a huge difference. The best thing a depressed woman
can do for herself is to be surrounded by loving, understanding,
and supportive friends and family members who can be there to
provide encouragement and reassurance. Also, if a woman
improves her diet to make it healthier and begins an exercise
routine at the same time, this can be a big boost as well - these
changes may not only make a woman proud of the decisions she
is making, but they can physically improve her body chemistry,
which may be at the root of her depressive state.
If these changes are not enough alone, counseling is another
option. A depressed woman might want to find a counselor who
specialized in women's mental health. And if counseling alone isn't
enough, antidepressant medications have proven to be very
effective treatment. These drugs may take a while to improve a
woman's mood, so they should be given at least a six week trial
before another drug is considered.
Most importantly, in emergency situations, women should call
suicide hotlines. These telephone numbers may be found in the
phone book, and are often run by people specially trained to offer
assistance to suicidal individuals. Suicidal thoughts are also a
reason to go to the emergency room. Just remember that suicide
is very often a sign of underlying problems that could be worked
through and changed - suicide can't.